Welcome to the Gate City Charter School for the Arts LIBRARY page!

Here you will find information about new and featured books, library policy, book suggestions, and other helpful information.  


The 4th annual Winter Reading Challenge Has 2 Months Left!        

Students in grades 4-8 are challenged to read (or listen to) at least ONE book nominated for either New Hampshire’s Great Stone Face or Isinglass Awards by March 2021. They will earn raffle tickets for each book read!  

Winter Reading Challenge Winter Reading Raffle Ticket

Library Book Pickups

Please Place Books on hold from now until Friday February 19th for our next library book pick up starting on 2/21/21! Holds on Winter Reading Books can be placed anytime and will be available to pick up within a few days of placing your hold.  GCCSA Library

*Updated (1/5/21)* Requested books will be placed in the “Library Bin” INSIDE the lobby. The lobby will be open 24/7 for families to pick up and return items.

If you have any questions or need help placing holds please contact Mrs. Darah at darahm@gccs-nh.org

Interested in library books but don't have time to place holds? Fill out this short google form for a mystery bag of library books!


Wocket in Your Pocket Craft Kit: sign up 2/1- 2/13  Request a Craft Kit

Print the Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge! Begin reading and filling in squares 2/22!  All grades are welcome to participate!

Ladybug Awards

Our 2nd and 3rd Graders have voted for their favorite Ladybug Nominee! The GCCSA Winner AND the Statewide Winner was There Are No Bears in This Bakery!



See link below for ordering and other

Library How To:

GCCSA Library Checkouts for the 2020 School year

Students will be allowed to place up to 10 library books on hold at a time using the library’s online database.

Library books will be available to be picked up in the lobby on Fridays from 8:30am- 3pm. Book pick up is contact free. Please look for your student’s name and grade on the bags on the table in the lobby.  If you cannot come to the school during this time please contact Mrs. Darah at darahm@gccs-nh.org.

Library books should be returned to the school via the book return box in the lobby on Fridays from 8:30am- 3pm. All books will be quarantined for one week after they are returned.

By placing books on hold families are agreeing to:

  • return all library books by Friday June 4, 2021 or pay a replacement fee of $5 per unreturned book and

  • return all library books within two weeks of withdrawing from Gate City Charter School

Holds will not be pulled for students who currently have 20 books checked out to their account. Please make sure that you are returning library books to school when you pick up your next batch of requests.


Books will be due back in 31 days. There will be no fines for late material. Books can be renewed for an additional month. Reminders will be sent out to parent email 4 days before items are due.


How to Place Books on Hold:

  1. Go to the library’s online catalog:https://www.librarycat.org/lib/GateCityLibrary

  2. Search for books by title, author or subject

  3. Click the blue Hold button for the book you would like to request.

  4. Type the student’s first and last name into the Patron ID Box. For example, if Harry Potter would like to request a book he would type in: harrypotter

  5. Confirm the request and then click ok.

  6. You can now place more requests for that student (up to 10)

  7. If another student would like to request books you will need to click the small blue person at the top right of the screen. Click the sign out button on the left side of the screen. You are now ready for a new student to request books.

5 Physical Benefits of Reading


Books are great for your mind, but they also do the body good, too. Here are 5 ways reading affects your body.    By Jennifer Abasi





They help kids “see”  Kids play out the story in their heads, consciously and unconsciously — and that can boost their imaginations. Ask questions about what things look like so your child can visualize in greater detail.


Books sharpen the senses   Reading words like garlic can trigger smells while metaphors like a slimy person can call up textures — often at the same time. Experts think reading may give kids a richer, deeper experience of the story and possibly even the world.


They get kids moving   Just as we see a story in our mind’s eye, we also automatically play out the action in our heads when we read “Harry kicked the ball.” Running through actions in your mind improves your ability to do the same thing. (It’s why athletes can bump up their game by imagining themselves, say, making a free throw.) 


Books grow brain cells   Struggling readers have fewer cells in some regions. But a study found that after six months of daily reading, the weak spots beefed up so much that the kids’ brains looked the same as those of kids with stronger reading skills.   


They make the heart bigger   Preschoolers who hear more stories get a head start on becoming more empathetic. That’s because kids’ books are packed with characters who air their feelings — and because parents tend to talk about the characters’ emotions.




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